The 8 Best Follow Focuses
This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in July of 2018. Whether you're a seasoned filmmaker, cinematographer, professional photographer, or you are new to video technology entirely, capturing crystal clear footage of a subject, even when they are in motion, shouldn't be an arduous task. One of these multifunctional follow focuses will make it easy to achieve the necessary degree of accuracy when using your camera equipment. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
May 06, 2020:
I've used a handful of follow focus devices through the years, and I've found there are benefits and drawbacks to both manual and electronic systems. Manual models can be excellent when they have the kind of smooth gears you find in something like the Tilta FF-T03, but strangely, I find that more budget-friendly models work best with lenses that are designed for still photography, which you'll often see on lower-budget sets. The Neewer A-B Stop C2, for example, with its rubber ring you can slap onto just about an camera lens, it light and agile, making it a balanced companion to lightweight DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, where the weight and performance of something like the JTZ DP30 is actually going to feel more comfortable on a cinema lens within a large, built-out rig.
Among electronic options, the Tilta Nucleus-M is one of the best in the business, with a deeply knurled wooden handwheel that's much friendlier to turn than the wheel on something like the DJI model in our special honors section. These models can be a big help when using steadicams and other stabilizing devices, but they can also eat up time on set for recalibration, battery swaps, and connectivity issues, so keep that in mind.
Teradek RT This comprehensive solution separates the receiver module from the actual component that mounts against the camera lens, allowing for a larger build that can create and sustain a reliable connection with fewer dropouts and better battery life. The controller is comfortable to hold and easy to use, and features a mounting point for small, portable monitors. teradek.com
DJI Focus This wireless offering comes from a giant in the worlds of camera stabilization and drone development, and it features a marking point with a bright blue light you can use to help you dial in your shot in poor lighting conditions. It's easy to calibrate, which is good, because it requires fequent recalibration throughout a shooting day. dji.com